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By (Finance, Financial Services, Xavier University) - abroad from 01/07/2016 to 05/14/2016 with

Athena Study Abroad: Heidelberg - European Study Center (ESC)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes, worthwhile, I proved I can live alone for 18 weeks, immerse myself in a new culture, and go to school.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I was able to take International business specific classes, but some professors were very difficult to understand and made class boring.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Offered city trips, guidance regarding food, gyms, parks, learning the culture. I was able to row with the local crew through the help of the program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had my own room and the bathrooms and kitchen were cleaned everyday.

* Food:

have to make own food in kitchen or try new places

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

very, because I put myself into the culture and did what the Germans do!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Yes! Very helpful in providing me help and assistance and comfort when I had a seizure while traveling in Milan. They assisted me when I returned with all the paperwork.

* Safety:

Heidelberg is a family friendly and student city! I loved the atmosphere and felt very comfortable when walking around alone *during the day*

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I love Heidelberg

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? euro 70
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not waste it all on alcohol and buy only what you need for the week or next four days.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The city
  • My own room, personal space
* What could be improved?
  • The class structure, teachers
  • learn more about german culture
  • meet german families
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the classes were in the same building as the house we live in. I would rather travel to class and meet other locals.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Culturology

Course Department: International Business
Instructor: Dr. Dua
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging because the professor spoke bad english and made class very boring especially because it was three hours long.
Credit Transfer Issues: